When to come to Socotra Island
Climate is a crucial issue to consider when planning your trip to Socotra. Avoid the monsoon season from late May till the end of August when strong winds sweep the island and most local people leave for the mainland. However, if you are a surfing enthusiast come in July when wind is growing in speed and waves are getting higher. During windy season most of the water activities are negative affected, expecially diving and boat trips: remaining kind of exploration, like hiking and treking are still possible. Anyway nature enthusiasts should come from late September to late April.
When planning your trip don’t forget to check the current year’s term for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Since no consumption of food and drinks is allowed during the day and many services stay closed travelers are suggested to choose another time for their journey or to respect local people following this important religious traditions: we will try to accomodate you in the best way.
GMT + 3 hours, the same as on the Yemeni mainland.
Communication on Socotra
Yemen Mobile network operates on Socotra. However CDMA mobiles are needed and this system is not compatible with western GSM mobile phone systems (which work on the mainland). Our guides all travel with local mobile phones and they can act as contact for family abroad when travelling with Unexplored Socotra. The coverage is limited only to Hadibo and some other areas, but not all the island. Telephone lines are available in Hadibo. Internet access is available only in Hadibo internet café Al-Jazeera located near by the main mosque. We can assist you in our office as well with wifi connection. The connection is good and reliable even though available only in evening hours when electricity comes from public network. The post office is located at the center of Hadibo, in Hadibo Local Council next to the main mosque as well.
Telephone: Telephone lines are available to major town of Hadibo, country code: (+967), followed by a one digit number for an access provider (5). After the international and access codes, number should be six digits including three initial digits for the geographical area (660). The cheapest way to make international phone calls is to use a telephone card and call from booth telephone line or mobile telephone. Telephone cards can be purchased at most shops in the main market. GSM system is not working on the island. Hitherto, only CDMA covers north and west of the island remain in Hadibo, Dixsam plateau, and Qalansia.
Internet: Internet access is available in few internet shops in Hadibo.
Post office: The post office is located at the at the center of the town Hadibo, in Socotra Telephone Central building.
Electricity from public network is only available in Hadibo from afternoon hour till early morning. Some campsites have solar panels and/or generators allowing you to recharge your camera batteries. Hotels and restaurants often have their own small generator too for supply during the day. Plugs are generally two-pin and multiple plugs (British style). Socket adapters are easily available in shops. We recommend you bring a car charger (working on the cigarette lighter) if you require to charge electrical appliances.
Power supply: 220v AC
There are some rules that we wish Socotra Island’s visitors to follow. So, PLEASE:
– Don’t import or export any biological material or alien species from or to the Island.
– Don’t collect “souvenirs” from historical and archaeological sites.
– Don’t collect and export shells from the island.
– Don’t collect flora and fauna samples.
– Don’t touch or damage corals
– Don’t swim in sea or rivers unless your guide recommends it.
– Don’t feed fish, -it creates dependency-.
– Don’t disturb wild animals.
– Don’t approach birds and turtles breeding grounds.
– Don’t spoil the natural habitat for plants.
– Don’t fire hew trees (use only brushwood as a fuel for fire).
– Don’t leave or discard any litter.
– Don’t drop your cigarette butts anywhere (dispose of them properly).
– Don’t enter people’s residential spaces without invitation.
– Don’t take photos of people and private territories without permission.
– Don’t drink alcoholic beverages in public places.
– Don’t raise your voice or speak loudly inside caves.
– Don’t miss any moment to enjoy the island.